Praise Be to God

November 13, 2019 at 2:55 pm 40 comments

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 15 November 2019

Roger Bultot
Photo Credit: Roger Bultot

 
“We have to leave,” Aryeh told his wife as rumors of an impending invasion loomed over the horizon like a dark cloud.

“You go first,” she said. “Come back for us when you can.”

But the hostilities came sooner than expected.

When Aryeh returned, he found the neighborhood in ruins and surviving structures all boarded up.

“Whatever happened to my family?” he thought, fearing for the worst.

At the place where their house once stood, he saw a makeshift shelter.

“Papa,” little Leeba cried out as she rushed to greet him.

“Praise be to God, you’re all safe and alive.”

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40 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Jyothi  |  November 13, 2019 at 5:44 pm

    Those are powerful 100 words. Well done.

    Reply
    • 2. plaridel  |  November 14, 2019 at 8:48 am

      jJyothi:

      it’s very kind of you. thank you.

      Reply
  • 3. Dale  |  November 13, 2019 at 9:21 pm

    I was holding my breath hoping they made it!
    Nicely done.

    Reply
    • 4. plaridel  |  November 14, 2019 at 8:48 am

      dale:

      aryeh could heave a sigh of relief too. 🙂

      Reply
  • 5. Russell Gayer  |  November 14, 2019 at 3:43 am

    Ah, they found sanctuary. That is reason for praise.

    Reply
    • 6. plaridel  |  November 14, 2019 at 8:47 am

      russell:

      i didn’t have the heart to end the story any other way. 🙂

      Reply
  • 7. Iain Kelly  |  November 14, 2019 at 3:50 am

    Sounds like they were the lucky ones.

    Reply
    • 8. plaridel  |  November 14, 2019 at 8:47 am

      iain:

      one could only imagine how tragic it would have been if it they didn’t survive.

      Reply
  • 9. pennygadd51  |  November 14, 2019 at 8:23 am

    Good take on the prompt. Effective writing, especially naming each of the characters to make them more individual.

    Reply
    • 10. plaridel  |  November 14, 2019 at 8:47 am

      penny:

      you’re very generous. thank you.

      Reply
  • 11. draliman  |  November 14, 2019 at 12:07 pm

    A happy ending! I’m glad they found shelter.

    Reply
    • 12. plaridel  |  November 15, 2019 at 9:04 am

      draliman:

      thank you for reading and the usual support. much appreciated. 🙂

      Reply
  • 13. Shirley McCann  |  November 14, 2019 at 5:53 pm

    Gotta love a happy ending.

    Reply
    • 14. plaridel  |  November 15, 2019 at 9:04 am

      shirley:

      a happy ending is always welcome in my book. 🙂

      Reply
  • 15. Deepa  |  November 15, 2019 at 12:56 am

    Nice read

    Strange

    Reply
    • 16. plaridel  |  November 15, 2019 at 9:04 am

      deepa:

      thank you for your generous comment. much appreciated.

      Reply
  • 17. Abhijit Ray  |  November 15, 2019 at 1:41 am

    Good that Aryeha’s family is safe and sound.

    Reply
    • 18. plaridel  |  November 15, 2019 at 9:04 am

      abhijit:

      it was a leap of faith, too, that his family stayed where they could be found.

      Reply
  • 19. Keith's Ramblings  |  November 15, 2019 at 3:51 am

    I’m so pleased you went for a happy ending! Nice one.

    Reply
    • 20. plaridel  |  November 15, 2019 at 9:03 am

      keith:

      if i can help it, i will always go for it. 🙂

      Reply
  • 21. rochellewisoff  |  November 15, 2019 at 5:44 am

    Dear Plaridel,

    Thank you for a somewhat happy ending. So many didn’t return. Glad Aryeh did.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

    Reply
    • 22. plaridel  |  November 15, 2019 at 9:03 am

      rochelle:

      under the circumstances, it could be considered a blessing.

      Reply
  • 23. granonine  |  November 15, 2019 at 6:32 am

    This scenario, which you have written so well, played out over and over after WWII was finally over. More, however, came “home” to learn there were no survivors. The horror of that time for European Jews is just unspeakable.

    Reply
    • 24. plaridel  |  November 15, 2019 at 9:03 am

      linda:

      well said.

      Reply
  • 25. Tannille  |  November 15, 2019 at 8:03 pm

    Couldn’t imagine that moment of terror that went through him, not knowing the fate of his family.

    Reply
    • 26. plaridel  |  November 16, 2019 at 6:25 pm

      tannille:

      it must be terrible indeed.

      Reply
  • 27. James McEwan  |  November 16, 2019 at 2:26 am

    Fear comes in many forms, Pleased it turned out that everyone is safe.

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    • 28. plaridel  |  November 16, 2019 at 6:24 pm

      james:

      the family was indeed very lucky.

      Reply
  • 29. Liz Young  |  November 16, 2019 at 9:45 am

    Thank goodness they survived – now he must find a way to get them to safety.

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    • 30. plaridel  |  November 16, 2019 at 6:24 pm

      liz:

      i’m sure he’d find a way. 🙂

      Reply
  • 31. bearmkwa  |  November 16, 2019 at 11:22 am

    Very, very well done! Love your tale! ❤

    Reply
    • 32. plaridel  |  November 16, 2019 at 6:24 pm

      jellico:

      i’m glad you liked it. thank you. 🙂

      Reply
  • 33. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)  |  November 17, 2019 at 12:07 pm

    What a relief… but still they have to build a new life from scratch

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    • 34. plaridel  |  November 20, 2019 at 9:40 am

      björn:

      it’ll be challenging, but i think they’ll make it with the family intact.

      Reply
  • 35. msjadeli  |  November 19, 2019 at 5:49 pm

    Wonderful building of tension. I’m glad his family is ok 🙂

    Reply
    • 36. plaridel  |  November 20, 2019 at 9:39 am

      msjadeli:

      i appreciate your comment very much. thank you.

      Reply
      • 37. msjadeli  |  November 20, 2019 at 2:50 pm

        You are very welcome.

        Reply
  • 38. Inside the Mind of Isadora  |  November 20, 2019 at 8:33 am

    I had anitciapation as I continued to read your story.
    The ending was perfect. A great write and read.
    Isadora 😎

    Reply

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